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potential energy

Pronunciation:   pO-ten-chuhl en-ur-gE
   
Definition : Energy available due to position.
   
Facts: Water held behind a dam is one example of potential energy. Once the water is released from the dam, its motion is used to run turbines. These turbines run generators that produce electricity. The water is a form of energy, but until the water is moving, the water is only potential energy.